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May 21, 2016

Units #8, #9, & #10 / 412 - Constitution Gardens, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorial

"They were just 18. Babies," a woman in her late 60s said after photographing this sculpture at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

And in that moment I was struck in a way I hadn't been at other National Mall park units. Most of the figures honored in previous units had existed far before my time...

May 16, 2016

Unit #7  / 412 - Greenbelt Park

It rained for a record 15 consecutive days in Washington D.C. from April 27 - May 11. It rained so much that I would wake up and just assume the day would be gray and dreary. It rained so much that I wondered why my trip's launch had to start on April 29.

Which is why my sunny day spent at Greenbelt Park in suburban Washington D.C. was extra resplendent. When you've b...

May 14, 2016

As any given article, post, or interview can't provide all the details, a number of "Frequently Asked Questions" have arisen.

Below are answers to some common questions, and I'll update as/if more come along.

"How is Mikah funding this trip? And his earlier travel?"

Growing up, my parents always said if I wanted to go to college I'd have to pay for it by myself. Hoping to both leave my home state of...

May 12, 2016

Units #4, #5, & #6 / 412 - (National) World War II Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Having lived in Washington D.C. for the past 4 years, I admit I didn't always use the Memorials for their intended purpose.

More often the finale to a good date, their moonlit facades were only made better by the complete lack of tourists at the hour.

But that's one of...

May 9, 2016

Unit #3 / 412 - Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

I tried hard to come up with a summarizing phrase other than "theatre to die for," but it's difficult to find a more fitting saying to describe Ford's Theatre.

It was death, after all, that thrust this otherwise ordinary theatre into the spotlight after the events of April 14, 1865.

But the air of murder surrounding this national park isn't j...

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